Fernando Namora: memoirs of a doctor-writer

October 17, 2017

The first books were written before he was 20, when he was a student of Medicine in Coimbra. Fernando Namora, doctor, writer and also a painter (his less known facet) fictionally documents his life: memoirs of a simple human man.

The young doctor travelled from village to village, as if he was a new and modern “João Semana”, mythical character of Júlio Dinis. He had become a doctor at his mother’s will and discovered the vocation to attend “to the pain and suffering of others”. In the move to Lisbon, he will move away from the doctor “so that the writer could persist”.

Much of his life commenced in the village “Vale Florido”, on the 15th of April 1919, would make part of his romances, that other vocation found in the teen age years. Similar to his appreciation for painting which appeared in the newspaper that he created alone: written and illustrated pages by Fernando Namora. What came later, till his death time in 1989, is condensed in more than 30 books. The first ones came out before he ended his doctorie in Coimbra. “Almas sem rumo” and “Cabeças de Barro” are examples of that time. The poetry begins in 1938 with the publication of “Relevos”. In the same year he publishes a new romance “As Sete Partidas do Mundo”.

A country and city man, aware of the different social realities and human drama, the narrator approaches clearly to the neorealism, although some of his works approaches to the existentialism . The author of “Retalhos da vida de um Médico”, adapted to the cinema, used to say that his books were accessible and easy to read.

 

Link: http://ensina.rtp.pt/artigo/fernando-namora-retalhos-da-vida-de-um-medico-escritor/

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